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30 July 2009

Six Months

Dearest little Gretchanoo,
The last time I wrote you a letter was back when you were 2 1/2 months old.

You have grown so much since then -- you surprise your father & I everyday.

Sometimes we look at you & see our little baby -- sometimes we look down and there's a little girl, a child who is growing, learning and trying to leave babyhood behind as she ventures into the world of movement & sound.

You seem to be at a crossroads -- the point at which babies go from meatballs to movers and shakers.

You want to sit so badly & you're getting quite good. You can sit supported up against the nursing pillow for a long time while you reach for your toys (sometimes taking a little tumble).

You try to do a little combat crawl on your belly, but your legs are much stronger than your arms so this results in frustrating little face plants as you stretch out across the floor.

You're making more (and LOUDER) sounds lately. "Bababa" is a common topic of conversation. You also love when we cup our hands over your mouth to make a "wawa" sort of noise -- you've even learned to do it yourself! Clever girl.

Five days, 2 1/2 months, 5 months & 5 1/2 months.

A few times I think I have heard you say "dada" & I'm straining my ears to hear anything that could be construed as "mama".

You laugh at the dog -- the cats are also hilarious. You like to pet the animals (and pull their fur a little).

You are still a nursing champ. It took over three months for us to perfect the art of breastfeeding & now I hope to keep it up for a long, long time. I love that time with you. It's so comforting to lay down beside you and snuggle in for a nice breastfeeding session. I am also happy that you will take a bottle from daddy in case I need to be out & about.

You still love babywearing in our various carriers: the ring sling, the Ergo, the stretchy wrap, the pouch sling... all of them. We've been favouring the Ergo lately & it's been fun to carry you on my back as you take in the sights.

We just moved to the east (and most beautiful!) part of town. I want this to be the house you grow up in. The backyard you play in, the neighbourhood you go for walks in & the house you call home.

We're still bed sharing & will be for a while. You've never slept in your crib & I really can't imagine you being that far from us at night. We all sleep better this way.

You have one little chompy tooth on the bottom left side of your gummy mouth. You've taken a few little nipple bites, but not too hard. Mama survived. You're handling teething like a champ & you look so sweet in your teething necklace.

Tomorrow your father & I are both getting your name tattooed on our bodies to hold you near even when you've grown.

You are the most important little bundle imaginable.

You are absolutely incredible.
We love you so much, little one.
We are so proud of you.

Happy 1/2 birthday to my gorgeous little girl.

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Blogger verygoodyear said...

She is adorable, and you sound so happy :) I love it.

July 31, 2009 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Oubliette said...

What an amazing and exciting time for you. Your letter was absolutely touching and a joy to read...nearly brought tears to my eyes. You are one lucky mama.

July 31, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger lililly said...

This made me cry.

For real.

July 31, 2009 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Oh! Thank you for reading, friends!
It means a lot!

July 31, 2009 at 5:35 PM  

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